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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-14 7:12
Viewed: 4142
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've been away from TN for quite a long time and that is because I'm in UK at the moment. I miss TN a lot so I thought I will maybe try to post something and spend some time here.

England is beautiful country and I have some nice pictures taken here. I had luck to have a good guide. He showed me some lovely places like Kimmeridge bay. Thanks Paul :-)
... but since I didn't process any of my UK pictures yet I post one of those taken in Poland.

This year we had lots of dragonflies everywhere. The one on my picture is probably some sort of Darter, but I'm not sure which one exactly.

They were very easy to photograph because every such dragon had its favourite spot and sit there almost all the time. Even if you scare such fellow it would got back to the same place or at least any similar somewhere near. They usually choose single blades of grass, lonely twigs or dry flowers therefore you don't have to worry about busy BG. Apart from that they usually sit in lovely poses. All that makes them simply great models and you have impression they just love to be photographed.
Hope that my picture shows this well.

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Hello Monika,

Another wonderful photo from you, Great details, colors, BG, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, nice use of light and DOF, Perfect composed and capture photo,

TFS Kyle

Hi Monika,
Welcome back! A superb shot on this dragonfly. The overall composition and framing look great. The isolation and speration from that beautiful OOF backround is what really makes this stand out. Nice sharp detail. Looks great!!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-14 8:49]

Perfecta composición Monika con un POV maravilloso, realzado por una nitidez, DOF y trasfondo envidiables.
Atinado encuadre vertical con excelente elección del recorte.
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

Perfect composition Monika with a wonderful POV, enhanced for a sharpness, DOF and background enviables.
Accurate vertical framing with excellent election of the crop.
Congratulations and regards... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-14 9:02]
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Well look who's back! :) Hi Monika! Great to see you posting again! I was wondering when you would show up again :)

A very nice post, taken from a great POV, wit hexcellent DOF and very good exposure management. The total blurry BG works very well, making the beautiful colors of the dragonfly stand out even better. Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

PS: did you compensate the exposure by any measure? i'm asking this beacuse it appears a very bit dark, just like the other taken with this lens. (i like to learn as much as possible about a lens before i buy one :))

Welcome back Monika! I´m happy to see a picture from you!
This is a great macro shot. Excellent composition with very good sharpness and very good details. Very nice bg and great POV. You have made very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-14 9:34]

Hello Monika,
Nice to see you back with a new post:)Wonderful capture.I liked simple BG,symmetrical angle between dragonfly and brunch,details,sharpness,colors,framing and composition are excellent.

Hi Monika,
First of all, welcome to TN, i'm sure you will like here! Ha ha ha! Have we met before? Looks like i have the feeling that i know you :-)
This is really a great shot, i like this dark compositions especially with that brown tones but i'm agree with Horia! Is that what you want? or anything about the lens could be! i felt that this should be your choice, but your gallery getting brownish everyday. (again, i feel like i remember this sentence also) pov and pose just great! bg is wonderful, dark gloomy mood, you know i like it.

btw, i'm curious about your photos from England.

Hi Monika,
Another first class picture from you. Looks perfect to me. Nice to see your new post. Regards,

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-09-14 9:56]

Superb, muy buena composicion y colorido. La definicion en su punto. Un saludo

Hi, Monika!
Excellent shot! WOnderful colors, details and moment. My congratulations.

Hi Monika!
I absolutely agree with you; most of the dragonflies are obliging to the photographers. I experienced it recently while shooting them in Mumbai, India.
Your image of this darter/skimmer or whatever is just beautiful.
Superb POV, DOF, colours and BG.
Looking forward to your images from England.

Hello Monika, great shot with rich details and good colors.
Excellent BG and compo.
Usefull notes.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-14 13:29]

Hi Monika
Great shot. Good colours, sharpnes, BG, details and POV.
Well done Monika


what great sharpness and wonderful detail you have caught. the OOF BG and the complementary colours of the stalk, dried eed head and the dragonfly are wonderful.

where abouts in the UK are you at the moment then?

Hi Monika,
This is a great macro photo with a very good composition.
Also I like the warm colors of your photo.
Very well done and thanks for sharing.
greetings Jan-arie

Hi Monika,
I missed you and your wonderful shots.
Nice to have you back here - and with such a wonderful dragon. The colours are so warm and the pose is very nice. I like it very much, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Monika
Very nice photo. I really like the different tones of brown through out this photo and the dragonfly is so clear. Great photo, regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-15 6:47]

Hi Monika, you have been missed. And lucky you in England, and especially having Paul show you around.
Great show of the Darter, once again a perfect shot from you with him standing out so well against the blurred BG. The golden tones certainly make the whole image look excellent... I love images like this.
Have a good holiday and don't rush home too quickly.

Hi Monika,
No doubt this is a great picture from you again! I like this composition a lot, along with great details and nice colors. This is really well done. You're lucky to be in England, I love this country so much! I hope I can return someday :-) TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-16 3:35]

Hi Monika,
An aesthetic, smart and beautiful shots! Composition, colors outstanding! Nice to hear about your good holidays, now to physics again and -perhaps- to post to TN!:-)
Best regards, José M.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-09-16 3:56]

Hello Monika,

this is a very good composition. I really like the angles and the light is great. Maybe a little tiny bit underexposed but that's me beign really fussy. Well done.

Abosolutely beatiful! Crystal clear, gorgeous golden colors!

hi monika, nice to see you back again! :-)
wonderful shot, well composed with the dried flower and the
dragonfly creating a right angle, perfectly sharp and
against a great blurred and brown bg.
a masterpiece as usual - waiting for your first shots from the UK.
hope you are having a grea time there - vacation or work?
take care, thorsten.

Hi Monika,

Excellent capture
Perfect sharpness,details,colours,POV,BG.

Gr Thijs

Hello Monika

Strong and simple composition, excellent sharpness and very difficult to get a shot like this. Tha colours of the background fit perfect with the colours of the darter. Excellent sharpness. The composition is perfect and I love the two diagonal lines. A fantastic shot and IMO second to none. Well done.


hi monika
excellente photo le POV est bon,la pose de la libellule aussi.
bonne netteté et belle couleurs.
le BG est bien fait egalament.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-07 5:33]

Hello Monika,
I starded new renovation at home, so I was also inactive on TN, and today I am happy to discover your new superb photo. I like your simple and smart composition. Colors, exposure, background, sharpness and DOF are very good.
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing.

only perfect............no another word

Salut Monika
Félicitation, encore une grande composition de ta part avec cette jolie libellule avec comme prime ce merveilleux BG
Bravo et merci...JP

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